Track Focused for the Road: The Porsche 911 GT3 RS

February 21, 2018

First came the 911 GT3. This was soon followed by the 911 GT2 RS.  Now comes the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the third model in the GT range that the German sports car maker has unveiled within a year.

This being a GT with the RS moniker means that it is tuned with motorsport in mind—yet still being ready for the road. The body is classic Porsche with emphasis on racing as seen from the large fixed rear wing. This continues on the inside with the carbon racing bucket seats, lightweight door panels with opening loops and storage nets, and a rear lid that are all fitted in the name of weight savings.

But as everyone knows, looks aren’t everything. In this case, the racy appearance is matched by a potent 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six motor that puts out 520hp—20 more horses than the one found in the 911 GT3. This allows the car to race to a hundred kilometers per hour from rest in just 3.2 ticks before hitting a 312kph top speed.

Mated with a 7-speed PDK gearbox, the powerful motor is complemented by a motorsport-tuned chassis that features goodies such as ball joints instead of the usual elastokinematic bearings for more precise handling and driving dynamics. Then there are the 21-inch wheels wrapped in 265/35 tires up front and 21-inch rims with 325/30 rubber out back.

Buyers can even make things more exciting with the Clubsport package that adds safety gear such as a fire extinguisher, a battery disconnect switch, a roll-over bar, and a six-point belt. Those that want the ultimate in weight savings and driving fun can go for the Weissach package that cuts weight via the use of carbon components in the chassis, exterior, and interior, along with ultra-light alloy wheels.

Porsche’s motorsport division will be unveiling the 911 GT3 RS at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.